Patty

Patty's Year

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I wanna play (and need ID help)! :)

 

January (these were all taken during the second half of our road trip in Arizona)

 

Thankfully we saw a few sandhill cranes in the distance when we got to Whitewater Draw.

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Northern shoveler

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Great horned owl (part of the raptor flight at the Desert Sonora Museum - cheating?)

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Prairie falcon (same circumstances, cheating again?)gallery_5741_1505_406065.jpg

 

Cactus wren
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Costa's hummingbird
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Roadrunner
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Gila woodpecker
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Acorn woodpecker
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House finch? (Cave Creek Canyon)

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Help? (Cave Creek Canyon)

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Cardinal

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Blue-throated hummingbird? (largish, Cave Creek Canyon)

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Bridled titmouse
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Gambel's quail
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Mexican jay
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Ladder-backed woodpecker
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~ @@Patty

 

I'm gathering everything, about ready to head out the door when I found your Big Year 2016 post.

TERRIFIC !!!!!!!!!!!

You saw a cardinal ?!?!?! I had no idea that they were observed that far west.

Most of the species you've shown bring back precious memories to me of times long ago.

It's been decades since I last saw them, but your fine images show that they're every bit as lovely today as in times past.

Thank you so much for joining this year! I look forward to your future posts.

With Appreciation,

Tom K.

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Posted (edited)

February was a quiet month. I only made it to Point Lobos once and we had a staycation at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley.

 

Canada geese, Point Lobos

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American robin & white crowned sparrow, Carmel Valley

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Wild turkey, Carmel Valley
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~ @@Patty

 

I need to get out the door, but...

An American robin...Canadian geese...a wild turkey!

Big sigh.

You're bringing me home.

This thread is turning out to be a special treat.

Very Big Thanks to Carmel!

Tom K.

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Your canada geese made me smile. Its a sure sign of spring when they get back home and we already have had some up here for 2 weeks.

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Su h beautiful birds i have never even heard of!

 

Thank you.

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Love the Roadrunner and the Cardinal! And the Bridled Titmouse - what a funny name. :)

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Posted (edited)

What a great start and I am pleased we will be getting some birds from a different area.I will be no help with identification but I will read with enthusiasm :)

 

(Having said that, the bird on the feeder at Cave Creek Canyon looks like the Siskin that we get in the UK - I sure a birder will step in.....)

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Nice shot of the Road Runner!!

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Thanks for your kind words and encouragement everybody!

 

@@TonyQ I believe you're right. It's a pine siskin, thanks!

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@@Patty what a great start to a birdy 2016, and I like the way you have separated the sightings by months.

 

The standout photo for me is the Red Cardinal followed by the Costa's humingbird, Acorn Woodpecker and the Roadrunner.

 

Looking forward to March...

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@@Treepol I hadn't realized this was a thing on Safaritalk until I saw your thread so thanks for the inspiration!

 

One more from February that I missed which should be #22.

 

Long-billed curlew, Moss Landing

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My March photos were taken at various locations within an approximate 20 mile radius of our house. This has given me a new appreciation of what we have locally. The hardest part has been trying to figure out how many gulls I have :)

 

23) Herring gull? Moss Landing

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24) Ring-billed gull? Moss Landing
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25) Western gull, Fisherman's Wharf

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26) Pigeon guillemot, Monterey Bay
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27) Red-breasted merganser, Monterey Bay
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28) Black oystercatcher, Hopkins Beach (the one on the right is a 5 year old female banded in the Farallon Islands)

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29) Ruddy turnstone, Hopkins Beach
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30) American coot, Carmel State River Beach
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31) Caspian tern, Carmel State River Beach
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32) Snowy egret, Carmel River State Beach

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33) Bufflehead, Carmel River State Beach

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34) Baird's sandpiper, Carmel River State Beach
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35) Peregrine falcon, Point Lobos
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36) Double-crested cormorant, Point Lobos

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37) Killdeer, Moss Landing
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38) Common tern, Moss Landing
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39) Surf scoter (and another red-breasted merganser), Moss Landing
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40) Marbled godwit, Moss Landing
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March continued

 

41) Red-tailed hawk, Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge
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42) Northern harrier? Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge
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43) Feral pigeon, Roberts Lake
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44) Domestic muscovy, Roberts Lake
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45) Domestic mallard, Roberts Lake

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46) Steller's jay, Frog Pond Wetland
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47) Spotted towhee, Frog Pond Wetland
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48) Mallard, Frog Pond Wetland
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49) Brandt's cormorant, Fisherman's Wharf

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50) Common murre, Monterey Bay
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51) Pacific loon, Monterey Bay
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52) Brewer's blackbird, Carmel City Beach
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53) Willet, Carmel City Beach
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Some really good shots there @@Patty I think I've looked at more birds this year than the rest of my life combined.

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A very productive March for you, Patty. Lovely shots.

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@@Patty

What a wonderful series of sightings and photos in March - and all so close to your home. I find Gulls very difficult to identify also!

I like all of the pictures, but I really love the group shot of the Baird's Sandpipers

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54) I found another one from January. This was a Cooper's hawk at Madera Canyon, Arizona. I'll attempt to get a better photo :P

 

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Posted (edited)

I'm going to start posting the first half of April. I ventured a little farther this month, all the way into the neighboring county ;)

 

55) Western scrub-jay, Asilomar State Beach
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56) Western bluebird, Asilomar State Beach
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57) Pygmy nuthatch, Asilomar State Beach

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58) European starling, Asilomar State Beach
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59) Tree swallow, Elkhorn Slough

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60) Bewick's wren, Elkhorn Slough

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61) Great egret (and another snowy egret and marbled gotwit), Elkhorn Slough

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62) Mourning dove, Elkhorn Slough
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I'm going to break two rules at once by posting photos of Crusty, the mourning dove we raised in 2007. We think one of the parents was killed by a cat overnight.

 

Day 1 - Before Crusty's eyes were open. The foot in the corner is the sibling that didn't survive :(
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Day 4
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Day 23 - 17 days before Crusty flew off. Thankfully the flying part is inate because we weren't sure how we were going to teach that one :D

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63) Northern pintail, Elkhorn Slough

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64) American white pelican, Elkhorn Slough

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April continued

 

65) Red-shouldered hawk, Hopkins Beach

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66) Whimbrel, Hopkins Beach

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67) Heermann's gull, Hopkins Beach

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68) Song sparrow, Hopkins Beach

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69) Anna's hummingbird, Point Lobos

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70) American crow, Point Lobos

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71) California quail, Point Lobos

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72) Great blue heron, Point Lobos

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73) Dark-eyed junco, Point Lobos

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74) Turkey vulture, Point Lobos

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75) Domestic goose (and another Canada one), Point Lobos. We've seen this pair together for a while now and I'm curious if they'll produce offspring.

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76) Black-crowned night-heron, Point Lobos

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77) Black pheobe, Point Lobos

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78) Violet-green swallow, Point Lobos

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79) Can you spot the black turnstones? Point Lobos

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80) Dunlin, Point Lobos

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81) Pelagic cormorant, Point Lobos

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82) Winter wren, Garrapata State Park

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83) Ruddy duck, Harkin Slough

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I liked Crusty too.

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Impressive diversity, Patty. Especially like the Bluebird and the Quail.

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@@Patty

It is amazing how many different birds you are seeing so close to where you live. I am really enjoying seeing the birds from your area of the US -lovely photos

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Good to see an American variety of birds. I visited Florida two years ago and I was impressed with the number of birds we saw there, but Arizona appears to be very good as well!

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Posted (edited)

@@TonyQ we're very lucky to live in an area with a lot of wildlife habitat. We moved here a little over 2 years ago and are still exploring. Prior to last month, I had never been to Harkin Slough, Salinas River NWR or Frog Pond Wetlands.

 

84) Oak titmouse, Frog Pond Wetlands

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85) Red-winged blackbird, Frog Pond Wetlands

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86) Wilson's warbler, Frog Pond Wetlands

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87) A barely recognizable green heron, Frog Pond Wetlands

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We're headed to Yellowstone next week. I'll try not to get too distracted by wolves and bears ;)

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